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Further cooperation between the EU and Armenia

9 January 2014
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On 6 November the EU Advisory Group held its fourteenth regular Board Meeting, co-chaired by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and Artur Baghdasaryan, Secretary of the National Security Council.
The meeting was attended by United Nations Development Programme representatives, ambassadors of EU Member States and the heads of international institutions accredited in Armenia, as well as high-ranking officials from Armenian state institutions.
The report pays particular attention to reforms needed in criminal, administrative and civil justice. It also provides recommendations and what is required to overcome the growing challenges in the country where human trafficking, cybercrime, money laundering and financial crime are concerned. Reform of the civil service system, as well as development of a new anti-corruption strategy was also highlighted.
Regarding the report, Ambassador Traian Hristea said, ‘The progress that has been made so far is encouraging, but there is more work to be done to ensure successful implementation of reforms in Armenia.’
Talking about further cooperation Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, said the cooperation will continue after the Vilnius Summit, as well. ‘With Armenia’s decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union, some of goals have become less relevant. Therefore, in the future we plan to focus on EU Advisory Support in policy areas, which are of mutual interest to the EU and Armenia, including on democracy and human rights, rule of law, mobility, people-to-people exchanges and sectoral cooperation,’ said Traian Hristea.
In response, Baghdasaryan expressed confidence that Armenia was ready to move forwards and stressed the importance of strengthening relations with the EU. This would initiate a new type of cooperation, which would take root following the Vilnius Summit.

Further cooperation between the EU and Armenia

On 6 November the EU Advisory Group held its fourteenth regular Board Meeting, co-chaired by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, and Artur Baghdasaryan, Secretary of the National Security Council. The meeting was attended by United Nations Development Programme representatives, ambassadors of EU Member States and the heads of international institutions accredited in Armenia, as well as high-ranking officials from Armenian state institutions. The report pays particular attention to reforms needed in criminal, administrative and civil justice. It also provides recommendations and what is required to overcome the growing challenges in the country where human trafficking, cybercrime, money laundering and financial crime are concerned. Reform of the civil service system, as well as development of a new anti-corruption strategy was also highlighted. Regarding the report, Ambassador Traian Hristea said, ‘The progress that has been made so far is encouraging, but there is more work to be done to ensure successful implementation of reforms in Armenia.’ Talking about further cooperation Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, said the cooperation will continue after the Vilnius Summit, as well. ‘With Armenia's decision to join the Eurasian Customs Union, some of goals have become less relevant. Therefore, in the future we plan to focus on EU Advisory Support in policy areas, which are of mutual interest to the EU and Armenia, including on democracy and human rights, rule of law, mobility, people-to-people exchanges and sectoral cooperation,’ said Traian Hristea. In response, Baghdasaryan expressed confidence that Armenia was ready to move forwards and stressed the importance of strengthening relations with the EU. This would initiate a new type of cooperation, which would take root following the Vilnius Summit.